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Volunteer Foreign National Student Internship – Protocol Office
July 27, 2023

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Volunteer Foreign National Internship


Vacancy Number: N/A


Position Title Volunteer Foreign National Student Internship – Protocol Office
Location U.S. Consulate General Frankfurt am Main – Executive Office
Open To German & EU Nationals, and Nationals of EFTA Member States, who are currently enrolled in a German university
Salary Unpaid – Gratuitous Service
Work Hours Schedule to be determined on individual basis, preferably 40 hours per week
Minimum duration 70 calendar days
Maximum duration 90 calendar days
Security Requirement Candidate must be able to obtain and hold a non-sensitive security certification


The U.S. Consulate General in Frankfurt is seeking a Volunteer Foreign National Student Intern for the Protocol Office.

This internship is offered year-round, for a period of approximately three months per intern, starting in autumn 2023; the starting date will be discussed during the interview.


Working as part of the Executive Office team, the intern provides assistance managing incoming and outgoing invitations; working with the contact database; preparing and setting up for events and assisting at events; assisting in local meeting scheduling; responding to calls and emails; and tracking RSVPs. The intern researches background information regarding external events and assists in correspondence and administration for the Consulate’s Executive Office (documentation, filing, and communications). The intern works closely with the Public Diplomacy, Political-Economic, Commercial, and other sections of the Consulate.


Applicants must address each selection criterion detailed below with specific information supporting each item in order to be considered qualified.

EDUCATION: Present enrollment in a university.

EXPERIENCE: Experience in a professional environment (previous internship or clerical or administrative work in an office) is required.

LANGUAGE: Level IV (fluent) German language skills and Level III English (good working knowledge) are required.


· Research skills (mainly internet search engines)

· Substantial computer skills – proficiency in Microsoft Office (EXCEL, WORD, and POWER POINT).

· Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

· Ability to self-start and take initiative.

· Ability to represent the U.S. Consulate at events in an enthusiastic and professional manner.

· Previous knowledge of and interest in German-U.S. relations and contemporary political events.

· Experience messaging in English and German.


· Application language is English. Certificates, awards, or degrees in English or German do not need to be translated.

· Applicants must submit a complete application (cover letter, resume (in English), and proof of enrollment in a Germany University or College).

· The U.S. Mission in Germany does not refund travel expenses incurred by the interviewee.

· The internship is a voluntary service. There are no benefits attached to this internship and no compensation, nor any future employment rights.

· Students selected must pass a background check and receive a security certification from the Embassy before commencement of the internship. The security check can take up to three months and will require a personal interview with the security department of the Embassy.

· Students with dual citizenship (U.S.-German, US-EU/EFTA) are eligible for the Volunteer Foreign National Internship Program.

· Eligibility Requirements: The U.S. Mission in Germany will only accept applications for this internship program from students who are German & EU Nationals; Nationals of EFTA Member States; or dual-citizen U.S.-German, U.S.-EU, or U.S.-EFTA citizens. U.S. citizen students without German, EU, or EFTA dual citizenship may not apply for this internship program. The purpose of the Volunteer National Student Intern Program is to offer students enrolled in a German university/higher institute of learning the challenge of working in a foreign affairs field. U.S. citizen students may apply for other U.S. State Department internships directly to the U.S. Department of State: www.careers.state.gov

How To Apply: Interested applicants for this position must submit their application, including a cover letter, resume and proof of enrollment (the DS-0174 form is not needed) and send the documents to: Employment-Germany@State.gov

The U.S. Mission in Germany provides equal opportunity and fair and equitable treatment in employment to all people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation. The Department of State also strives to achieve equal employment opportunity in all personnel operations through continuing diversity enhancement programs.

The EEO complaint procedure is not available to individuals who believe they have been denied equal opportunity based upon marital status or political affiliations. Individuals with such complaints should avail themselves of the appropriate grievance procedures, remedies for prohibited personnel practices, and/or courts for relief.